Go team!

Ok, I’ll admit it, I’m not a huge fan of sports.  But there’s something contagious about having the local football team go to the Super Bowl two years in a row.  I am given to understand this is a rare thing, so it’s extra exciting.  Or maybe I’m just excited for a non-holiday occasion to get together with friends for tasty food and drinks.

It’s probably the food and drinks.

But, oh man the drinks (made with shrubs of course)!  One thing I love to make for parties is punch.  They’re (usually) a bit lower in alcohol, and they’re self serve which means your host has one less thing to have to worry about.  Here are two punch recipes for the Big Game, one of which can be made without any alcohol at all.

Game Day Punch Serves 8-10
1 Bottle Candy Apple shrub
1 1/4 Cups or about 300 mL of Apple Brandy or Apple Jack
4 Cups (just shy of 3 12 ounce bottles) Hefeweizen beer, both Seattle and New England have some amazing craft breweries, and we encourage you to go local with your beer choice
1 Cup Seltzer water or Club Soda

Mix the shrub and Apple Brandy together and let chill for about an hour. Just before serving, add the beer and soda, stirring gently to combine. Serve over ice with lemon wedges.

Peach Ginger Punch Serves 8-10
1 Bottle Peach Brown Sugar shrub
24 ounces Ginger Beer, I like Rachel’s Ginger Beer for this because the ginger has just the right amount of bite
1 Ltr Seltzer or Club Soda
1 Cup Bourbon *optional*

Combine everything in a large pitcher and stir gently to combine. Serve over ice. If making this for an alcohol free crowd, don’t add the bourbon and increase the ginger beer to 32 ounces.


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